How Much Does A Safari Cost?

One of the most gorgeous experiences you will have in your life is going to Tanzania for a safari trip. Safari here is a magical experience where you can see some of the most beautiful animals and spectacular landscapes in the world. But how much does a Tanzania safari cost?Tanzania Safari Cost

We go through everything that goes into making your safari dream a reality in great detail. Tanzania safari costs vary a great deal and rely on different factors, especially the tour operator that organizes them. If you find a safari pricing that is much lower than others, there is no doubt that something (or somebody) is affected. This article will address exactly these variables and the actual cost of a Tanzania safari. The nature of safaris can be amazing, and your safety is always our top priority.

All Factors For A Tanzania Safari Cost

A safari price in Tanzania can range from several hundred US Dollars, depending on a variety of factors that have a greater or lesser effect on the associated costs.

The following are the main factors for your Tanzania safari cost!

  • Trip duration
  • The parks you want to visit
  • Use of domestic flights
  • Number of people/ Number of travelers
  • Type of accommodation
  • Season: Time of the year
  • Additional Activities

Trip duration

The longer you go to Tanzania, the more the safari becomes costly. Compared to a 3 to 7 days trip, a safari of many days will cost substantially high. A shorter itinerary can be chosen for those planning a budget safari. It’s not a bad idea, as in just 4 days, you can visit the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara national park and enjoy memorable game drives.

However, a longer itinerary is more fruitful as Tanzania has so much to offer and not less than a week or more is required to cover all the magical destinations of this East African country that must be seen.

National parks 

The safari’s total cost will have a significant impact on what destinations you choose to visit in Tanzania. Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater charge about $71 park entrance fees, which is higher than the $54 park entrance fee charged by Arusha, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Parks. And it’ll be higher if you need to enter the crater field about $295 will be added to the cost of your safari.

National ParkPark Fees

(per adult, per 24 hours)

Arusha National ParkU$D 54
Tarangire National ParkU$D 54
Lake Manyara National ParkU$D 54
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (this also has to be paid if you are transiting through Ngorongoro Conservation Area to reach the Serengeti)U$D 71
Ngorongoro Crater Fee*U$D 295 (per vehicle)
Serengeti National ParkU$D 71
Special Camping Fee**U$D 59 per night

The fees you pay go toward a range of conservation projects that benefit the National Parks and the community around them. These include the preservation of wildlife, ecological supervision, tourism management, and park infrastructure, and security.

Use of domestic flights

For your Safari we can book domestic flights. However, buying them online is often cheaper. Some of our routes include domestic flights that are necessary for Zanzibar to be reached.  Also, some itinerary like our 7 days Tanzania fly in safari include domestic flights. This is a factor that greatly raises the cost of your safari in Tanzania.

Number of people/ Number of travelers

A solo safari is substantially more costly than a group safari. Our deals are specifically tailored for groups of up to 6 people, with a minimum of 2 people. For example, compared to private safaris, an itinerary with 4 people allows for savings of about 15 percent.

Type of accommodation

The type of accommodation you prefer will have a major impact on the total cost of your Tanzania safari. Whether you choose a Tanzania luxury safari or a budget safari accommodation. There are different types of accommodations for all budgets in Tanzania, classified into three categories:

Basic Camping Safaris (Tents on the ground)

On a basic camping safari, guests sleep in private tents in designated campsites in or near national parks. Our safari crew sets up the camp and prepares all the meals. Facilities at the campsites are basic. They include washrooms and showers. All your food is provided.

Mid-range Safaris (Lodges & Tented Camps)
Lodges

These are full-service facilities with private rooms or cottages with private bathrooms and have restaurants and lounges. Some have swimming pools. Many lodges are architecturally stunning made with local materials and inspired by local designs and the environment.

sample prices on Safari for mid-range accommodation

DestinationCost per person

(per night)

Meal Plan
ArushaU$D 75B&B
KaratuU$D 100Full Board
Ngorongoro Conservation AreaU$D 250Full Board
Central SerengetiU$D 240Full Board
North SerengetiU$D 285Full Board
South Serengeti /NdutuU$D 285Full Board

Tented camps

These are permanent or semi-permanent camps sited in areas of excellent game viewing. These provide many of the comforts of a lodge within private spacious canvas tents on a solid permanent base with beds and private baths, and high-quality meals. Tented camps are more intimate than lodges as they generally accommodate 12 to 20 guests.

Luxury Safaris (Lodges & Tented Camps)

The main difference between a Mid-Range and a Luxury safari is the level of accommodation provided. The level of service, facilities, amenities, food quality, views, and, of course, the price can make a difference between Mid-Range and Luxury accommodations.

Your Zaita Tours Safari Consultant will be pleased to assist you in planning an itinerary that includes all accommodations of equal quality, or we can mix different grades of accommodation to fit your budget.

Season/ Time of the year

Tanzania safari costs differ depending on whether the safari is carried out in the high or low season, as in any holiday destination. Prices during the peak season are high from June to August and from December to February.

Christmas and New Year’s safaris

It is crucial to note that many lodges and camps levy additional charges around Christmas and New Year and hence the cost of your trip will increase further. Many Zanzibar properties also have minimum stays (anywhere from 3 to 7 nights), so this must be part of your journey plan.

Additional Activities

During Tanzania safari, you can choose to do certain additional activities depending on your preferences, which may increase the price of the safari. The majority of safari activities will be included in the price quote. The safari cost includes all transfers, such as the airport, to your accommodation pick-up or to the place where you were picked up by your guide. However, there are a few obvious exceptions. These are usually high-priced experiences, such as a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti, Coffee farm tours, Maasai community visits, and Highlands guided walks are also great activities that you can add to your trip. But, you may request that this be included as an extra.

ActivityApproximate Cost
Guided walking Safari (hills around Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater rim )

 

U$D 25 per person
 

Night Game Drive (Lake Manyara National Park)

 

U$D 170 per person
 

Visit to Masai boma (village) in Ngorongoro

 

U$D 50 per vehicle
 

Hot Air Balloon Safari

(Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti)

U$D 600 per person
In the foothills of Mt Meru, you can take part in several activities including Hiking, Coffee Tour, Canoeing, Swahili cooking lessonsU$D 50 per person

(half-day including transport and hot local lunch)

If you need an additional safari jeep, a cross-country safari, or you need to fly between parks, you will be required to pay for two cars on a given day. International flight costs are not included in our Tanzania safari packages.

Estimated daily costs for a Tanzania safari

Type of SafariCost (per person per day)
Basic Camping(in tents on the camping ground)U$D 200
Mid-Range(simple lodges & tented camps)U$D 350
Luxury(luxury lodges & tented camps)U$D 500

The average cost for a safari in Tanzania starts at around $ 200 per person per night for a budget camping safari. A mid-range budget lodge safari costs about $ 350 per person per day, including all expenses. And a tailor-made private lodge safari costs about $500 per person per day, making it a surprisingly affordable choice. But for the most luxurious lodge and camps in Tanzania, safari costs can go all the way up to $ 1500 per night.

For example, for 5 nights in the peak season at public camping an affordable Tanzania safari costs between $ 1,000 and $ 1,250 per person ($ 200 x 5 nights) for a group of 5-6 passengers in one vehicle 4×4 Toyota land cruiser with a pop-up roof for viewing.

What do you get for the money you will pay on a safari?
Tanzania safaris are likely to be one of the most costly trips you’ll ever have. Is it, therefore, a good investment? For the price of a Tanzania safari, what exactly do you get?

Below are several examples of Tanzania safari prices depending on the number of visitors, days, and styles of accommodation.

2 Days Tanzania Safari Prices & Costs
Option 1 – Camping safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $750.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $600.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $550.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $525.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $500.

Option 2 – Mid-range safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $1100.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $1010.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $960.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $850.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $740.

Option 3 – Luxury safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $1,340.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $1150.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $980.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $900.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $850.

INCLUDED

  • Transport in 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Meals provided according to travel plan
  • Mineral water (3 liters per day/person)
  • Overnight stays in safari lodges / tented camps/public campsites
  • All national park fees
  • 18% VAT

NOT INCLUDED

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
3 Days Tanzania Safari Prices & Costs
Option 1 – Camping safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $940.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $800.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $750.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $685.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $650.

Option 2 – Mid-range safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $1200.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $1100.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $1000.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $975.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $950.

Option 3 – Luxury safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $1,450.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $1360.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $1250.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $1225.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $1200.

Optional activities

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride in Serengeti: USD 600 Per Person
  • Masai Village Visit: USD 35 Per Person

INCLUDED

  • Transport in 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Meals provided according to travel plan
  • Mineral water (3 liters per day/person)
  • Overnight stays in safari lodges / tented camps/public campsites
  • All national park fees
  • 18% VAT

NOT INCLUDED

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
4 Days Tanzania Safari Prices & Costs
Option 1 – Camping safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $1440.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $1300.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $1220.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $1050.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $800.

Option 2 – Mid-range safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $1800.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $1710.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $1570.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $1280.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $1210.

Option 3 – Luxury safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $2,790.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $2670.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $2640.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $2570.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $2480.

Optional activities

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride in Serengeti: USD 600 Per Person
  • Masai Village Visit: USD 35 Per Person

 

INCLUDED

  • Transport in 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Meals provided according to travel plan
  • Mineral water (3 liters per day/person)
  • Overnight stays in safari lodges / tented camps/public campsites
  • All national park fees
  • 18% VAT

NOT INCLUDED

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
5 Days Tanzania Safari Prices & Costs
Option 1 – Camping safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $1750.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $1370.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $1240.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $1220.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $1000.

Option 2 – Mid-range safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $2500.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $2380.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $1890.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $1600.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $1540.

Option 3 – Luxury safari

  • When two people travel together, the cost per person is $3890.
  • When three people travel together, the cost per person is $3360.
  • When four people travel together, the cost per person is $3140.
  • When five people travel together, the cost per person is $2890.
  • When six people travel together, the cost per person is $2750.

Optional activities

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride in Serengeti: USD 600 Per Person
  • Masai Village Visit: USD 35 Per Person

INCLUDED

  • Transport in 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Meals provided according to travel plan
  • Mineral water (3 liters per day/person)
  • Overnight stays in safari lodges / tented camps/public campsites
  • All national park fees
  • 18% VAT

NOT INCLUDED

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Optional activities

How Much Does A Safari Cost? 1

Know the best time for a safari in Tanzania

On the contrary, the long rains between mid-April and May are often avoided. And the short rains in November to a much lesser extent. Therefore costs are markedly lower. Look at times such as June or January and February for the shoulder season. Especially when the budget is a factor.

In Tanzania, there is plenty of resident wildlife throughout the year. And there will be significantly fewer safari crowds. Also, you may like to know the best time to visit Serengeti to see the Wildebeest Migration. You can choose from one of our best Tanzania safari itineraries.

Peak Season: This is usually July to October, sometimes it includes June, sometimes October is slightly cheaper.

Shoulder Season: Varies a lot by camp but typically January to March, November to mid-December & June, sometimes October.

Low Season (Rainy): Varies by camp but always April & May, sometimes late March & sometimes November.

 Tanzania Safari Costs All Inclusive

We have arranged Tanzania safari itineraries at low prices to meet the needs of everyone so that everyone can enjoy this unique Tanzania safari experience. Many people are looking for an all-inclusive Tanzania safari vacation. But the nature of a safari is that it does include everything.

Usually, all meals, teas & coffees, game activities, 4×4 vehicle, national parks entry fees, Conservation fees, Crater Entry fees ( where applicable), ranger fees where applicable, and water during the safari are included in the package costs. The exact nature of “all-inclusive” varies from lodge to lodge, and the more moderate lodges and safari tented camps may not include drinks. But Luxury lodges will usually include house wines, spirits, and soft drinks.

Most of the safari activities will be included, but there are some obvious exceptions to this. These are usually large ticket items, such as a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti. (Though you may ask to add this as an extra.) Also, there is a wide range of optional activities, such as coffee farm tours, visits to the Masai community, and guided walks in the Highlands of Ngorongoro Crater.

How Much Does A Safari Cost? 2

Is a Tanzania Safari Cost Worth It?

So, is it worth the price? If a safari is too expensive, it is NOT due to the safari experts’ excess profits. The safari industry is too competitive to take an excessive profit margin! The only way to reduce costs is by looking at the factors mentioned above. Take a look at the time of year to travel. Look at the mode of travel. But if you tell us what you can spend (and when you want to travel), we immediately know what we need to do for you.

But if this is your first time on a safari in Tanzania, you’re not going to be disappointed. The cost of visiting Tanzania is going to be worth it – with superb game-viewing, stunning safari terrain, and friendly people! It’s one of Africa’s safari gems.

You’ll experience the best of Tanzania Safari Tours affordably. For choosing Zaita Tours we guarantee you will not be disappointed. Contact us now to book your lifetime affordable African safari.